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This series has defined psychological advantage (PA) and what you need from a job. Now we’ll explore how YOU keep PA during the interview and find out what the employer wants.
Now that you have your list of job preferences and requirements, you are ready to apply to jobs. This can be online, in person, or over the phone. The key is knowing what you want, why you want it, and how your skills and abilities meet the employer’s needs. You need to know this BEFORE the interview!
During the phone screen or interview, listen to the job description from the interviewer. Check what you hear against your list and note what fits and what doesn’t. KEEPING PA means you are not nervous about the interview or getting the job! All you’re doing is gathering facts and noting them on your list.
Of course, you will be asked lots of questions, too. Don’t fear what you’ll be asked. Prepared for as many questions as possible. And NEVER fake what you know or can do. That gives away your PA. If you can’t answer a question, don’t let it bother you. Admit you aren’t sure, then give an answer that shows you have done similar work or solved similar problems.
Not all shortcomings are deal breakers. The employer may plan to train you. You keep PA by being confident in what you can do and your ability to learn and grow.
Remember, interviewing is a fact-finding mission. Note how you’re treated, did they respect your time, experience, and responses? Did you respect them? Can you see yourself working there? Will you get along with your manager and teammates? How did they answer your questions? Did the answers fit your checklist?
David Koster is the owner and principle consultant of Team Learning Services. He has 30 years experience in the education and learning industry.